If you're sick...please just call in...please... - page 2

Hi all, Boy did I have a night from hell lastnight!!!!! I worked my usual 11p to 7a and and the other nurse on with me did a 3p to 3a and then her replacement came in at 3a...obviously. Well...the... Read More

  1. by   boggle
    I find it so frustrating that sick employees are pressured to come to work in a HEALTH CARE FACILITY !! That makes no sense at all. A nearby hospital here only pays you 60% of your salary as sick pay. That just encourages people to come in sick and spread thair germs around, ( and probably not do their job well either as the OP described).

    I truely understand the pressure my supervisors are under to staff units on short notice, but they really have to keep it objective and nonjudgemental when workers call in sick. Don't con or guilt a worker to coming in sick... it's not safe for anyone.
  2. by   Jo Dirt
    I have come to work so sick I had to roll myself up and down the halls in an office chair, stopping by bathrooms to vomit and laying in an empty bed when things quieted down. The nursing management only cared that a warm body was filling in the place. It is taboo to call in where I used to work. It is just too hard to find replacements.
  3. by   fergus51
    I can't stand people coming in sick. Can't stand it. In my facility there is no excuse for it since our contract is very specific in terms of that. No employee can get fired for being ill. I think a lot of the time it's arrogant. It's like some nurses think the unit can't survive without them and they don't even consider the fact that they are going to make the rest of us (and possibly the patients) sick by coming in. I understand sometimes if people just get sick really quickly and didn't know it was coming on, but a lot of the time the sick workers are sitting around talking about how they've been feeling crappy for days... blah blah blah.... "Oh and can you get that for me, I feel so sick.... Can you get the admit? I'm sick...."
  4. by   BAtoLPN
    Quote from fergus51
    I can't stand people coming in sick. Can't stand it. In my facility there is no excuse for it since our contract is very specific in terms of that. No employee can get fired for being ill. I think a lot of the time it's arrogant. It's like some nurses think the unit can't survive without them and they don't even consider the fact that they are going to make the rest of us (and possibly the patients) sick by coming in. I understand sometimes if people just get sick really quickly and didn't know it was coming on, but a lot of the time the sick workers are sitting around talking about how they've been feeling crappy for days... blah blah blah.... "Oh and can you get that for me, I feel so sick.... Can you get the admit? I'm sick...."
    I'm just a "glorified receptionist" and nursing student in the ER here, but I can tell you this already: NO ONE calls in sick here. If nursing staff or techs call in, they are made to feel VERY guilty about it. Folks here usually show up near death, and MAYBE they will get to go home after a bit, IF the charge RN agrees... I am not sure how it affects the workload for the other folks inthe back, but I imagine it creates similar problems to the ones described here. The thing that _I_ don't get is why, even if you are short-staffed, you would want some sick person around ER patients? I can say that if I brought my daughter in there for something, I wouldn't want some sick-as-a-dog person hovering around her and providing care - they might make her worse! I think the administration needs to take that into consideration. I know there are "slackers" out there who will call in at the drop of a hat, but most folks are NOT like that. If they say they are sick, they are sick! What I have seen here so far makes me really nervous - I am not sure I would want to work here once I get out of school with the attitude the way it is currently.
  5. by   DelightRN
    If I'm sick, I don't work. End of discussion. Unless its a situation like 3rd shift described... where I don't realize I'm ill until its too late to call off... then I'll come in and work until they can get a replacement, or even work my entire shift, but let them know I won't be in the following day.

    You'd think nurses wouldn't be so foolish.
  6. by   Blackcat99
    I had a migraine headache yesterday morning. I thought it would be gone by 6pm since I stayed in bed and took it easy. I ended up calling in at 7pm last night-Sat night because I knew I would be useless if I forced myself to go. My shift started at 10pm and I sure wish I would have called in earlier. But I'm glad I called in even though I'm sure some co-workers were angry because they were probably short of help.
  7. by   tigger2sassy1
    I too am being made to feel guilty. Have been sick since early January --tried not to have to go to the doctor-- would only call in when it was absolutely impossible for me to keep going a day here--maybe one day in two weeks--finally went to the doctor and found that I had pneumonia, sinus infection, and on top of that BP was 180/110 the doc took it himself--I have no benefits where I work-- can't afford them--so paid out of pocket--anyway today we have a snowstorm going on--don't have a four wheel drive--car is not that dependable--called in because of road conditions--roads here have not been plowed yet much less the parking lot-- the RN insisted I needed to come in--I live 20 miles away--because if I didn't it would inconvience them there--anyway they ended up having the DON call me at home--I have now been threatened with three days suspension because of my "attendance" -- all other employees live in town where the facility is located by the way--also as of last thursday I will have been cut ten hours due to low census-- and they have the nerve to do this-- any suggestions? I did tell the DON if I went on suspension I would be looking for another job during my time off--I did not argue with her, just stated a fact-- this facility has an extremely hard time keeping nurses.:angryfire
  8. by   steelcityrn
    A few weeks ago, on of our O.T. came to work when she was very ill, and went to visit a few patients in their homes. Later that day as she was telling me how sick she was, I could not help but ask her " why did you visits patients when you are so sick'? Her answer......I need the money.
  9. by   BittyBabyGrower
    We work on a points system...you hit 120 hours and you are gone. So, most of us save our sick days for our kids, not ourselves. I have to be half dead to call in...and I work in NICU! Why do hospitals make it so hard for you to be ill? I just don't get it.
  10. by   IloveSnoopy
    Gosh....
    I sure am sorry that so many of you get such grief for calling in....I feel bad about that. The girl that came in sick though...had called in the night before so it's not like it just suddenly came on. I suppose you guys are right...she felt pressure to come in. Our facility is very good about sick calls for the most part. I mean...there are some that call in all the time..and I mean all the time!! I think they have been talked to and maybe given a warning..but for the most part...our facility is really good and really wants you to stay home if you are sick.... Our infection control nurse is really good too..... We have way too many already immuno-compromised patients...we just can't risk getting them sicker. Also...I've noticed that our "nurses dropping like flies" thing comes into play after someone that had been visibly sick..showed up for work and infected the rest of the staff...it's just not good.

    I guess I was just venting that morning and when I stopped to think about it....I'm really not much different with my "fears of calling in". I've missed my share of work..not usually because of "contagious stuff"..well..except the bronchitis I had a few months ago..lol...but from my stupid endometriosis. Sometimes..the pain is just so bad...I literally can't drag myself to work. Boy...do I feel bad when I call in....but then I also consider my patients and fellow co-workers...do they really want a "half arsed" nurse running around there...u know. Anyways....I do understand that some facilities don't have nice call-in policies like we do....I didn't mean to rub anyone the wrong way for that. I do, however, think it's stupid that a person can't just stay home and 'be sick". Just look at all the influenza ads...they clearly say "stay home from work if you are sick". Apparently some places just don't get it. Ok....thanks for listening..as always...
    Luv,
    Snoop
  11. by   fergus51
    Quote from BittyBabyGrower
    We work on a points system...you hit 120 hours and you are gone. So, most of us save our sick days for our kids, not ourselves. I have to be half dead to call in...and I work in NICU! Why do hospitals make it so hard for you to be ill? I just don't get it.
    That's disgusting. I don't understand how hospital management can be so stupid as to implement a policy which encourages nurses to risk their patients' health. I would never forgive myself if a baby died because I came in sick. I'll never have to face that, thank you union....
  12. by   lovingtheunloved
    Quote from IloveSnoopy
    Gosh....
    I sure am sorry that so many of you get such grief for calling in....I feel bad about that. The girl that came in sick though...had called in the night before so it's not like it just suddenly came on. I suppose you guys are right...she felt pressure to come in. Our facility is very good about sick calls for the most part. I mean...there are some that call in all the time..and I mean all the time!! I think they have been talked to and maybe given a warning..but for the most part...our facility is really good and really wants you to stay home if you are sick.... Our infection control nurse is really good too..... We have way too many already immuno-compromised patients...we just can't risk getting them sicker. Also...I've noticed that our "nurses dropping like flies" thing comes into play after someone that had been visibly sick..showed up for work and infected the rest of the staff...it's just not good.

    I guess I was just venting that morning and when I stopped to think about it....I'm really not much different with my "fears of calling in". I've missed my share of work..not usually because of "contagious stuff"..well..except the bronchitis I had a few months ago..lol...but from my stupid endometriosis. Sometimes..the pain is just so bad...I literally can't drag myself to work. Boy...do I feel bad when I call in....but then I also consider my patients and fellow co-workers...do they really want a "half arsed" nurse running around there...u know. Anyways....I do understand that some facilities don't have nice call-in policies like we do....I didn't mean to rub anyone the wrong way for that. I do, however, think it's stupid that a person can't just stay home and 'be sick". Just look at all the influenza ads...they clearly say "stay home from work if you are sick". Apparently some places just don't get it. Ok....thanks for listening..as always...
    Luv,
    Snoop
    Awww, i don't think anyone took offense. Most people agree that you shouldn't come and share the wealth, but we all know how the higher ups agree.
  13. by   pediatriclpn
    How about administration over staff so that if someone has to call in sick, then you wouldn't have to work short. And if they are worried that you wouldn't work hard enough if over staffed, they really haven't done the job before have they? Just the way it would be in my perfect world. :spin: :roll :roll :roll

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